Our last discussion, When Democracy Dies, sparked a lively discussion. Many people took the opportunity to engage, share their thoughts and take a public stand on their beliefs.
Yet in the end most comments wandered away from the key point of the Discussion. We have a decision point before us regarding how our Association will be governed. Democratically or by a self-selecting leadership team?
For nearly a decade, UUs have not had a say in the selection of the members of our Board of Trustees. None of the currently voting members of the Board were elected. Comments are welcomed regarding people’s comfort or discomfort with having unelected trustees speak in the name of the member congregations that form the Association.
The Fifth Principle Project sponsored Jay’s candidacy by petition in an effort to jump start a movement that gives UUs an opportunity to participate in the selection of our national leadership team. If you believe you deserve a voice in selecting board members via an electoral process, please share your thoughts.
While the Fifth Principle Project is attempting to jump start the use of democracy, our UUA Board is moving in the opposite direction.
You have an opportunity at this year’s General Assembly to express your opinion regarding a UUA Board’s sponsored bylaw proposal that will end the only guaranteed opportunity UUs have in the selection of our national leadership team. The bylaw proposal is designed to lower the current requirement of the Presidential Search Committee to identify two or more candidates to only one or more. If only one candidate is identified, there is no election, no debate of issues, and no opportunity for UUs to votes for their top leader.
The bottom-line question, do you believe in our Fifth Principle?
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Our last Discussion brought new voices to the conversation on this website. We are grateful that more ideas were exchanged. However, it is apparent that the previous experience of self-moderating participants is no longer true. Please refer to the website’s Code of Conduct. If self-moderation is unsuccessful, pre-approval of comments will be considered.
Join the Fifth Principle Project. It’s free. The Fifth Principle Project is an organic grassroots initiative to gather into community Unitarian Universalists who want to reinvigorate the right of conscience and renew the democratic process in the governing of our denomination.
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